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To ask if 16 year old can study for A levels at home?

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crepeyneck Thu 22-Oct-15 15:24:49

Complicated back story but will be joining 6th form next year

Axekick Thu 22-Oct-15 15:28:43

As in home schooling?

I don't see why not, we home schooled dd for year 5. Can't see it being banned for a-levels.

sexybeast Thu 22-Oct-15 15:30:32

Yes - join a home ed group.

crepeyneck Thu 22-Oct-15 15:31:37

Thanks problem is I work full time is it still possible?

MrsJayy Thu 22-Oct-15 15:35:14

I guess so would be classed as home schooling you could get your thread moved if you wanted into education and get better respinses about specifics

noblegiraffe Thu 22-Oct-15 15:36:24

Why not an online school like Interhigh?

Scarydinosaurs Thu 22-Oct-15 15:36:27

If you're working full time, who will be teaching your son?

TheBunnyOfDoom Thu 22-Oct-15 15:43:29

Yes, you can do online school.

NerrSnerr Thu 22-Oct-15 15:43:33

People do A levels at home but I'm not sure whether he would purely be able to do them online without any teaching. Could he get tutors?

OddBoots Thu 22-Oct-15 15:46:09

I'm sure you can either with a traditional home study place like the National Extension College or an online provider. I see to remember that you can't claim child benefit for them if they do this unless they have been home educated from before they turned 16 though.

crepeyneck Thu 22-Oct-15 15:46:44

I was thinking of NEC or a course in anything except A levels for 6 months. Can't find the rules of what under 18s are allowed to do

Dragonsdaughter Thu 22-Oct-15 15:49:56

Self study A levels very possible if the 16year old is self motivated just !make sure you buy the right slyabus is going back to college check out their exam board- inter high A levels are in the evenings and I think reasonably priced - they do expect again quite a lot of independent input - but personally I think that can be a plus for higher erducation

Dragonsdaughter Thu 22-Oct-15 15:51:18

Under 18's can do anything you can get a corrispondace course it including and up to open university ( does some excellent short courses)

OddBoots Thu 22-Oct-15 15:52:22

It's allowed.

www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/25/section/4

"Appropriate full-time education or training

(1)In this Part, “appropriate full-time education or training”, in relation to a person, means full-time education or training which is suitable for the person, having regard—

(a)to the person's age, ability and aptitude, and

(b)to any learning difficulty which the person may have,

and is provided at a school, at a college of further education, at an institution within the higher education sector or otherwise."

crepeyneck Thu 22-Oct-15 15:53:25

Anyone know where the exact rules are about what got would accept as education for under 18?

MrsJayy Thu 22-Oct-15 16:02:15

I think its 20odd hours a week minimum but as long as 16yr olds are in a recognised form of education then its fine they can go to college at 16

GnomeDePlume Thu 22-Oct-15 16:03:33

In terms of practicality, absolutely. My DD took an A level in year 10. Her school was quite happy for her to use the school as an exam centre and to pay for the exam fees - they got the 'benefit' of her grades without having to do any teaching. Win/win

MrsJayy Thu 22-Oct-15 16:03:46

Do colleges in England/wales do January intakes for college courses

crepeyneck Fri 23-Oct-15 10:40:16

Unfortunately I can't find any courses that start in January. Anyone have any idea who I could phone to check if a course is approved?

Dragonsdaughter Sat 24-Oct-15 05:19:37

Approved for what exactly ???? Not really sure what information you are looking for .

Junosmum Sat 24-Oct-15 08:24:07

If he wants to do science based a levels that would be pretty hard at home.

OddBoots Sat 24-Oct-15 08:36:54

If you just want a 6 month short course then a MOOC might be a good idea. Some are certificated some are not but there are otherwise very few formally recognised qualifications you could do in that time.

Have a look at FutureLearn, Coursera and EdX. Khan accademy is also brilliant for self paced STEM learning.

There is also www.learndirect.com/store/ which offers short courses in food safety, computer skills, safeguarding and various other things.

RedMapleLeaf Sat 24-Oct-15 08:39:29

I think you need to give a bit more information OP. Reading your posts feels as though we're only getting half of the story.

Obviously people can study qualifications at any age. Are you asking whether your child can be left home alone whilst they study out of school?

MrsJayy Sat 24-Oct-15 09:32:16

Is leaving age 17 now unless they are in further education at 16 is this what you are c8ncerned about you are not giving us much to go on

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